Review: Ravenscroft- The Chase w/ My Dearest One (Single)
Ravenscroft describes themselves as "a seasoned foursome of musicians whose individual backgrounds and eclectic educations present handsomely delivered melodic alternative rock. With some of the greatest rock performers in their favored list of influences, Ravenscroft synthesizes the monumental sounds of blues/early roots rock, the psychedelic/ acid rock of the late 1960’s, the harder rock and metal impact of the 1970’s and the 1980’s, the 90’s grunge influence of Seattle."
That may be a mouthful, but nevertheless, they deliver on this mix of sounds on their new single releases, "The Chase" and "My Dearest One".
"The Chase" is the heavier of the two songs, featuring doomy and grungy guitars. "My Dearest One" is a heartfelt ballad featuring some very soulful vocals and guitar solos. If you miss the ballads of the early 90's by the likes of Guns and Roses and others, then that one is for you. I don't mean that as a complaint by the way, it is my favorite of the songs released, but then again, I've always been a sucker for power ballads (have even written a few myself!)
My Dearest One has a very infectious groove that will stay stuck in your head for days. It straddles the line between the 70's, 80's and modern time just as the band's description states. Overall, I dug both songs, but wanted to note that the band especially stands out because of the vocals, that being the band's secret weapon, Ralph Buso.
His gritty, whisky soaked voice could rival a Myles Kennedy in all their glory, and in this age of wussy clean vocals in the middle of extreme riffs after some extreme vocals (cough "Djent" cough), that usually sound like some bad Backstreet Boys/One Direction castaway meets some lousy pop punk band that plays at the local bar, they deliver! It's very refreshing to hear clean vocals done in a way that recalls vintage Chris Cornell, Rich Robinson, or even the underrated John Corabi in the music scene nowadays.
Overall, Ravenscroft follow up on the hype in their proclamations.
Let them continue to fly the banner of Rock!
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Video: "The Chase" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj7xI6welx0